Professional Education

  • Master of Science, Universiteit Van Amsterdam (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Goteborgs Universitet (2010)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Karolinska Institutet (2017)

All Publications

  • Simulations to benchmark time-varying connectivity methods for fMRI. PLoS computational biology Thompson, W. H., Richter, C. G., Plaven-Sigray, P., Fransson, P. 2018; 14 (5): e1006196


    There is a current interest in quantifying time-varying connectivity (TVC) based on neuroimaging data such as fMRI. Many methods have been proposed, and are being applied, revealing new insight into the brain's dynamics. However, given that the ground truth for TVC in the brain is unknown, many concerns remain regarding the accuracy of proposed estimates. Since there exist many TVC methods it is difficult to assess differences in time-varying connectivity between studies. In this paper, we present tvc_benchmarker, which is a Python package containing four simulations to test TVC methods. Here, we evaluate five different methods that together represent a wide spectrum of current approaches to estimating TVC (sliding window, tapered sliding window, multiplication of temporal derivatives, spatial distance and jackknife correlation). These simulations were designed to test each method's ability to track changes in covariance over time, which is a key property in TVC analysis. We found that all tested methods correlated positively with each other, but there were large differences in the strength of the correlations between methods. To facilitate comparisons with future TVC methods, we propose that the described simulations can act as benchmark tests for evaluation of methods. Using tvc_benchmarker researchers can easily add, compare and submit their own TVC methods to evaluate its performance.

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